The Neeley's Kansas City Baby Back Ribs Dry Rub and Cook Method

Total Time
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 5 hrs

My husband and I saw this on Food Networks Down Home With the Neeley's and had to try it. I am so glad we did! It is awesome!!! The ONLY way we will make ribs anymore!!! These ribs are time consuming; it is an all day job, so make these on a day that you have 5 or 6 hours to spare! You won't be dissapointed!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all the dry rub ingredients together.
  2. Rub desired amount onto a rack of baby back ribs.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator for 24 hours before grilling.
  4. Heat your charcoal grill and prepare it to use your smoker attachment. If you do not have a smoker (we don't) just situate the charcoals to one side of the grill.
  5. When grill is heated and the flames go away place rack of ribs, skin side up, on the grill on the opposite side that the charcoals are on. This makes for cooking with indirect heat.
  6. Cook ribs on grill for 5 or 6 hours, turning and basting with your favorite BBQ sauce (ours is Sweet Baby Rays hickory and brown sugar) every 30 minutes. Temperature of grill should be around 225 degrees.


Most Helpful

Made this for Memorial Day family gathering and everyone raved about the ribs! I also let the meat sit overnight with the dry rub and baked in the oven. They were fantastic! The only change was, I used smoked paprika. We live in Kansas City and know our barbeque and this is the best!

gploetner_12645044 May 26, 2014

This is the rub I always use. I'm a Texas girl living in New England with a Kansas boss so I am influenced by all different styles. I rub, sit overnight in fridge, bake in oven and pop under broiler with bbq sauce just until it's bubbly. I used the grill before, but they are perfectly cooked in the oven and feel the grill dries them out a bit.

Prissz December 25, 2015

This is by far the best dry rub I have ever tried outstanding outcome if you have the time and patience..

Htdrums31 September 09, 2015

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